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Outdoors!

Get outdoors! Most of our time is spent outdoors. There’s always something to do.

  • hike
  • bike
  • paddle – canoe and kayak
  • fish
  • hunt
  • wild harvest / forage
  • camping
  • geocaching
  • letter boxing
  • garden
  • wildlife observation
  • bird watching

What do you do outdoors?

Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light House We’ve been to Egg Rock Light House before but we enjoy the ride and the wildlife we see so much we went back again on our anniversary weekend. This was part of the lobster tour out of Bar Harbor. Steve grew up lobstering so it wasn’t anything new to him but for me, in spite of marrying into a lobstering family decades ago, it was a first.  (We also went to Asticou Azalea Garden.) Harbor Seals…

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Asticou Azalea Garden – Photo Tour

Asticou Azalea Garden – Photo Tour

Asticou Azalea Garden Steve planned a day on the coast for us when we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. We took a short cruise to Egg Rock Light House to see wildlife (seal pups…so sweet) and then went to Asticou Azalea Garden. The garden was in full bloom and stunningly beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. It was inspiring. I have a half acre of former market garden space to turn into a perennial garden. We can’t do anything like the azalea garden…

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Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook I took a walk to Peter O’Neil Brook today. The water is rushing but we didn’t get the four to five inches of rain predicted. The brook isn’t full. Two inches of rain wasn’t a problem. The sun is in and out today, a nice surprise. Any time the sun is out between now and May 18, according to the current forecast, will be a surprise. Life on the homestead is still quiet because of the weatherso…

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Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison Steve and I went out last night for our second Woodcock Singing Ground Survey of the  year. We ran the Danforth survey and when in Danforth, I want to see the red stag and bison. Seeing the bison is a rare thing, it’s happened only twice. We’ve been out past the farm that raises these animals dozens of times and until last night, the bison were near the road only once. “The smaller red stag are over here,” I…

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Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour It was snowing and windy. White caps broke around the lobster boats in Stonington. Steve, Taylor and I were invited by Tammy and Dennis to go on the Harlequin Duck Tour with their birding group. Previous plans for the day fell through and when I accepted the invitation, I thought this plan would, too. On a boat out to see in the snow with the wind and the waves and…were we crazy? I didn’t start to get…

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Big Wild Radio – February 10, 2017

Big Wild Radio – February 10, 2017

We’re going fishing in the February 10, 2017 podcast of Big Wild Radio Show. Gundy talks fishing with Alton Jones, Jr.  Then, walleye on Mille Lacs with Dean Hanson of Agate Bay Resort, and fishing in south central Wisconsin with Jim O’Brien of Dancing With Walleyes Fishing Guide Service. And in On The Fire, we’re making Chicken Marsala. powered by podcast garden Save

Wooly Bear Predicts Winter – Or Does He?

Wooly Bear Predicts Winter – Or Does He?

Woolly Bear Predicts Winter? This woolly bear predicted a cold snowy winter for 2015/16. So did Farmers Almanac. We had cold weather because this is Maine and you know…winter. We had little snow though, never enough at once to snowshoe in the woods and deep enough for the snowmobiles only one weekend. About half the normal 100 inches of snow fell. There were a few days below 0° but there were more days in the 40°s and 50°s than 0°….

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Autumn Walk in the Woods

Autumn Walk in the Woods

Autumn Walk in the Woods Two or three mornings a week I take a walk to the food plot and into the woods to check the game cameras. We seldom set eyes on the animals we share our land with but get to see them in pictures the cameras provide us. We’re looking for bucks now because archery season is open and rifle season opens in a few weeks, but there aren’t any. This week the “yahoos” sauntered through –…

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Campfire Cooking Tips & Hints

Campfire Cooking Tips & Hints

Campfire Cooking Campfire cooking has the same effect as having someone else cook a meal for me – it tastes better! The combination of cast iron, wood smoke in the air, and the great outdoors naturally go together. Everyone can learn to cook on a campfire. This is a workshop I teach with kids. Start simple and add new dishes as you get comfortable. It’s easiest to start with wet meals that are difficult to burn. Soup is one of…

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Fishing Isn’t Only About Fish

Fishing Isn’t Only About Fish

Fishing Isn’t Only About Fish It was hot Wednesday, 88° when Steve got home at 5:30 pm. He called on his way home. “What’s for supper?” He suggested something simple like sandwiches because we were going fishing. Tuna sandwiches and drinks were in the cooler, the cooler in the boat, the boat trailer on the truck, and we were ready to pull out when bad news arrived via Steve’s phone. He made a few phones call and then became quiet….

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